Short articles on African Art and tips for enthusiasts


January 2019

Snake oil and popular culture

A captivating facet of popular culture related to the healing industry is the display of posters at gathering points and intersections in Gauteng. Often stuck to the traffic light pole, these A3 and A4 pages, solicit attention. Continue reading “Snake oil and popular culture”

Restitution and Museum culture, South Africa


King Cetswayo Ka Mpande

The return of artifacts¬†to their countries of origin is perceived by many as a milestone to recoup art, lost during times of conflict or by cultural appropriation.¬† Continue reading “Restitution and Museum culture, South Africa”

The Bodies of Beads – beads and the body

Zulu hats, made in 2010, rugby world cup. Phansi Museum

I cogitate on historical beads, beading, aspects of how change has occurred and roughly what constitutes notions of bead work today, by posing questions with reference to ongoing research in Southern Africa. Continue reading “The Bodies of Beads – beads and the body”

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